Bellevue Village Board provides street pavement updates
The Bellevue Village Board met Sept. 27 to provide and update on street pavement projects.
Here the minutes as provided by Bellevue:
Minutes for the village of Bellevue 9/27/2016 meetings are recorded
Called public hearing meeting to order @ 5:45 pm – to discuss the appropriation of fiscal year 2016-2017 – nothing – closed meeting @ 5:46 pm
Called regular meeting to order @ 6:00 pm
Roll call – Aaron Lannert, Marty Schuettler, Dean Merriman, Francis Heskett, Leroy Wiseman, Chad Murphy all present.
Approval of minutes 9/13/2016 – Marty motioned – 2nd – Dean – all in favor
Approval of bi-weekly bills – Chad motioned – 2nd – Francis – all in favor
Discussion from residents
Rich Stoneburner – working on a few issues.
Terry Short – wants to know what we are doing about the property 5311 Katherine? Terry (mayor) said that the house 5319 Katherine looks worse and he was advised by the lawyer to do both properties. We have decided to move forward with both of those properties instead of Brenda's Florals.
Terry Elston – Do we know what's going on with the property at Anna & Plank Rd.? Terry (mayor) said they wanted to build a garage there and were told they would have to build a house first, then build the garage.
Thomas Schafer – nothing
Steve Wilson – update on the streets – Roseland, Closen, and Ridgeview are all paved. Wilson is ¾ of the way done and Starr Lane is coming along slowly.
Asked to put the purchase of new tires for ford on agenda next meeting.
Bill Johnson – called the lawyer after the last meeting about the board approving $25,000 for road repairs within 5 minutes. He was amazed that the board didn't have a representative from the company at the meeting. Terry (mayor) said he didn't want to hold up the road project for two weeks. Bill also asked why both roads were closed (Starr & Wilson)? He said the new road has chips in it because trucks have to go up Howard to get to their businesses. Terry (mayor) said that if they were going up Howard then both roads weren't closed. Bill said there is fresh tar and you can't drive on it. Multiple responses were that you can drive on fresh oil if you wish to people do it all the time in construction zones. Bill was also told by Brian Stufflebean (Rons) that runs could have a load of chips. Steve responded with we will have to see. Terry said his response was right because the chips didn't belong to us they belonged to Tazewell and we would have to wait for Tazewell to give them to the Village. Steve was told not to give out any until we knew if we had enough for the shoulder of our roads before we start handing it to rons, personally I, Terry (mayor) think that rons has gotten their fair share of freebies in the amount of $70,000. Chad asked why the Village truck was delivering chips? Bill Johnson said he wasn't here to represent rons. Bill also called Tazewell about the chips and was told the Village was keeping them and that they were dropped on private property. Terry (mayor) asked if Bill would have liked them to be dropped in his driveway? He responded “NO”. Terry (mayor) said I asked Steve to put them there if he didn't mind. I wanted them out of the way and not blocking anyone's view. Steve didn't have a problem with them being there. Steve said let's get this straight those chips were Tazewell property and I told them that Bellevue would like to have them. I asked them to take the chips to my property and I will do what I want with them. Bill Johnson asked so Steve gets all the chips and he can do what he wants? Terry (mayor) responded with yes Steve can have them all and do with them what he wants. Asked Bill if there was anything else? Bill said that was all he found out what he wanted.
Discussion from board –
Aaron Lambert – asked Steve about barricade at the end of main? Steve said they can't keep it filled it keeps washing out.
Marty Schuettler – asked why does Steve get all the freebies? Terry (mayor) responded that he isn't. Marty said you (Terry mayor) just said he was. Terry (mayor) I just said that because Bill Johnson came up here and raised a problem because Rons isn't getting what Rons wants. Bill Johnson said I am not here as a representative of Rons. Terry (mayor) you must be because that's the only time you have anything to say and as far as I am concerned Rons has gotten all the freebies they are going to get as long as I am mayor. $70,000 dollars over the years is more than their fair share and if I had known you were going to cause this much of a problem then Rons wouldn't have gotten what chips they did get. The IR Here and some other businesses are getting some chips and as long as we have enough to do the shoulders of our roads then Steve is keeping the rest.
Dean Merriman – asked when the caucus was and when petitions will be available? Terry (mayor) as for the petitions they can go to the election commission and he will have to get with Mike (lawyer) about the caucus.
Francis Heskett – talked about 5311 Katherine. Terry (mayor) said they will be working on 5311 & 5319 Katherine instead of Brenda's Florals.
Leroy Wiseman – we spend a lot of money on these abandoned house. He wants the Village to get these properties when they go for auction then sell them to contractors. The Board agreed they should not be doing that.
Chad Murphy – nothing
Mike Seghetti (lawyer) – Ordinance 721 to vacate 120 x 10 sq. ft. of right of way on Johanson road – Chad motioned – 2nd Aaron – all in favor.
Ordinance 722 Appropriation Fiscal year 2015-2016 Francis motioned 2nd
Dean all in favor.
Terry Johnson (mayor) – Steve & Matts insurance is going up. Need a motion. Chad motioned Dean 2nd all in favor. Asked Boards permission to pay bills on Oct. 7, 2016. Aaron motioned 2nd Leroy all in favor. Asked that if anyone on the Board didn't think he was taking them in the direction to let him know and he will resign tonight and one of them could take his place.
Steve said to Marty, you probably heard I was an asshole to Rons a couple months ago. A few months back we had a discussion with Brian Stufflebeam
because he thought we owed him for a chunk of the road. We did some
investigating and talked with engineers and in the process found out that Rons
hadn't paid taxes on the addition for the past 7 years. I spoke with the board
members about it and asked what I should do. I was told to take care of it. Now
I'm (Steve) the biggest asshole and that's fine I was just doing my job and what
I was supposed to do. If anyone thinks I shouldn't have done it let me know.
Dean Merriman - isn't that what taxes do? Go to TIF? Terry (mayor) – instead of
looking at it like they got a break for 7 years we should be looking at all the
businesses to see if they are paying the right taxes.
Bill Johnson – about Rons, when they got the permit Bellevue never turned it
in. It's not Rons fault. Steve – someone dropped the ball. Terry (mayor) – we
aren't blaming Rons but now they're mad that they have to pay that amount.
Bill Johnson – instead of Board members telling Steve to check permits with
the Limestone tax auditor, he should have came to Rons first. He went behind
their back as far as I am concerned. Steve – I called to see if she had the permit
or did we miss it or did she lose it? The building permit either got lost or
dropped. She said she didn't have it and was going to check it out.
Bill Johnson – said I'm not a spokesperson for Rons but he sees what is going
on. Steve has the run of everything. Everybody stand back if you do Steve
wrong. Look out. He got taken down by an individual and two weeks later the
roads are tore up. Terry (mayor) we have had this roadwork planned for awhile.
Meeting adjourned Chad motioned Aaron 2nd all in favor